PlayStation 5 pre-orders opening Thursday

Sony’s next-generation PlayStation console, the PlayStation 5, will be released on Nov. 12 for $499, the company announced Wednesday. The PS5 Digital Edition, without an optical disc drive, will cost $399. Pre-orders for both systems will go live on Thursday “at select retailers.”

Specific retailers or timing haven’t been announced. However, in an update on the PlayStation blog published after the event, Sony suggested checking with local stores.

In late August, Sony began offering a limited number of pre-order slots on its website. Though the offer, Sony allowed select “existing consumers” to register for a chance to pre-order the console. Pre-orders through PlayStation will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis when invitations are sent out. The selection process is “based on previous interests and PlayStation activities,” Sony said. Registering for a chance to pre-order, however, doesn’t guarantee a console. Sony hasn’t said when these invitations are going out.

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The PlayStation 4 was released in 2013 for $399, a lower price than its predecessor, the PlayStation 3, which was priced at $499 and $599 at launch. Sony’s competitor, Microsoft, announced pricing and timing for its own next-generation consoles — the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S — earlier in September. The Xbox Series X will cost $499, while the smaller Xbox Series S will cost $299. Pre-orders for Microsoft’s next-gen consoles open on Sept. 22.

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